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Transit and Infrastructure Investments Driving Growth

Ontario is continuing to make smart investments in transit and infrastructure to improve the quality of life for people across the province today and build a more prosperous tomorrow. 

The province released its Infrastructure and Transit Progress Report today. It highlights how the government's unprecedented investments of nearly $100 billion to modernize public infrastructure since 2003 have helped create jobs, support businesses and improve everyday life for the people of Ontario.

Key accomplishments in transit since 2003 include:

  • Investing more than $9.1 billion in GO Transit to help provide a more affordable, reliable and comfortable alternative to driving.
  • Helping GO Transit add 10 new stations, 30,000 parking spots, 208 new rail cars, 152 new single-level buses and 47 new double-decker buses to its operations.
  • Expanding PRESTO, an electronic transit fare system that allows riders to travel across multiple transit systems with ease, now serving more than one million users across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and in Ottawa.
  • Committing more than $2.7 billion in gas tax funding to Ontario municipalities.
  • Making significant progress on the Union Pearson Express, which will connect Canada's two busiest transportation hubs, Union Station and Pearson International Airport, by 2015. 

Key accomplishments in infrastructure since 2003 include:

  • Committing more than $19 billion to design, repair and expand provincial highways and bridges across Ontario. In the last year, these projects have supported more than 20,000 jobs across the province.
  • Building or rebuilding more than 7,900 kilometres of highways and more than 950 bridges across Ontario.
  • Investing $12 billion in improvements to education infrastructure, creating and sustaining an average of about 16,000 jobs every year.
  • Investing more than $1.6 billion in modernizing public safety infrastructure across the province, including the South West Detention Centre in Windsor, the Toronto South Detention Centre, and the Forensic Services and Coroners Complex.
  • Investing more than $21 billion in health care infrastructure. In 2013-14, provincial infrastructure investments in Ontario's hospitals supported nearly 26,000 jobs.

Building modern infrastructure and transit is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.